Botox is commonly known for its ability to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, but it also offers effective treatment for TMJ disorders. TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders can be very painful and difficult to treat. Botox has a temporary paralytic action that allows sore, tense muscles to relax. At Renken Dentistry, our Edinburg, IL patient’s comfort and health are our top priorities. We’re proud to offer Botox for TMJ and bite alignment options to help relieve pain and improve daily activities such as eating, drinking, talking and chewing. If you’ve been curious if a Botox injection for TMJ is right for you, contact us today to schedule a consultation.
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The temporomandibular joint connects the jawbone to the skull on either side of the face. It acts as a small hinge, allowing the mouth to open and close. The TMJ can become worn or damaged from arthritis, injuries, or constant stress on the joint. While TMJ disorders aren’t completely understood, there’s often a correlation with stress and night-time jaw clenching. Some of the symptoms of TMJ disorders include:
- Pain or tenderness in the jaw
- Pain in one or both temporomandibular joints
- Aching pain near the ear
- Difficulty or pain while chewing
- Aching facial pain
- Locking of the joint
- Clicking sounds when opening your mouth or chewing
- A grating sensation in your jaw
While some cases of TMJ disorders can improve on their own, many times it becomes a chronic condition. Constant pain creates more tension in the jaw, making it harder for those muscles to relax.
When Botox is administered to the afflicted muscles, it essentially causes temporary paralysis, allowing tense muscles to relax. The treatment is quick, effective, and relatively painless. Most patients say that it feels similar to a pin-prick. The results typically last for about 4-6 months, although it varies from patient to patient. Dentists are uniquely qualified to administer Botox for TMJ. Our dentists have extensive knowledge of facial muscles and bone structure, allowing us to administer precise injections. We also offer orthodontic options for those who have pain from misaligned teeth, bite issues or bruxism.
As a comprehensive dental office, we have solutions to fit every patient’s needs. Whether you suffer from TMJ, have bite issues that are causing you pain, or you simply need a regular dentist for issues for routine care, you’ll be happy you chose us. We also offer a complete line of cosmetic procedures, from teeth whitening to ceramic veneers and implants. Whatever you or your family needs, you’ll find it all at our Edinburg, IL office. Give us a call today at 217-483-7177 to schedule your appointment or fill out our convenient online form.